NAG C Library Function Document

nag_rand_bb_init (g05xac)


nag_rand_bb_init (g05xac) initializes the Brownian bridge generator nag_rand_bb (g05xbc). It must be called before any calls to nag_rand_bb (g05xbc).


#include <nag.h>
#include <nagg05.h>
void  nag_rand_bb_init (double t0, double tend, const double times[], Integer ntimes, double rcomm[], NagError *fail)


Brownian Bridge Algorithm

Details on the Brownian bridge algorithm and the Brownian bridge process (sometimes also called a non-free Wiener process) can be found in Section 2.6 in the g05 Chapter Introduction. We briefly recall some notation and definitions.
Fix two times t0<T and let ti 1iN  be any set of time points satisfying t0<t1<t2<⋯<tN<T. Let Xti 1iN  denote a d-dimensional Wiener sample path at these time points, and let C be any d by d matrix such that CCT is the desired covariance structure for the Wiener process. Each point Xti of the sample path is constructed according to the Brownian bridge interpolation algorithm (see Glasserman (2004) or Section 2.6 in the g05 Chapter Introduction). We always start at some fixed point Xt0 = xd . If we set XT =x+ C T-t0 Z  where Z is any d-dimensional standard Normal random variable, then X will behave like a normal (free) Wiener process. However if we fix the terminal value XT = wd , then X will behave like a non-free Wiener process.


Given the start and end points of the process, the order in which successive interpolation times tj are chosen is called the bridge construction order. The construction order is given by the array times. Further information on construction orders is given in Section 2.6.2 in the g05 Chapter Introduction. For clarity we consider here the common scenario where the Brownian bridge algorithm is used with quasi-random points. If pseudorandom numbers are used instead, these details can be ignored.
Suppose we require P Wiener sample paths each of dimension d. The main input to the Brownian bridge algorithm is then an array of quasi-random points Z1,Z2,…,ZP where each point Zp = Z1p,Z2p,,ZDp  has dimension D=dN+1 or D=dN respectively, depending on whether a free or non-free Wiener process is required. When nag_rand_bb (g05xbc) is called, the pth sample path for 1pP is constructed as follows: if a non-free Wiener process is required set XT equal to the terminal value w, otherwise construct XT as
XT = Xt0 + C T-t0 Z1p Zdp  
where C is the matrix described in Section 3.1. The array times holds the remaining time points t1 , t2 ,… tN  in the order in which the bridge is to be constructed. For each j=1,…,N set r=times[j-1], find
q = max t0, times[i-1] : 1i<j , times[i-1] < r  
s = min T, times[i-1] : 1i<j , times[i-1] > r  
and construct the point Xr as
Xr = Xq s-r + Xs r-q s-q + C s-r r-q s-q Zjd-ad+1p Zjd-ad+dp  
where a=0 or a=1 respectively depending on whether a free or non-free Wiener process is required. Note that in our discussion j is indexed from 1, and so Xr is interpolated between the nearest (in time) Wiener points which have already been constructed. The function nag_rand_bb_make_bridge_order (g05xec) can be used to initialize the times array for several predefined bridge construction orders.


Glasserman P (2004) Monte Carlo Methods in Financial Engineering Springer


1:     t0 doubleInput
On entry: the starting value t0 of the time interval.
2:     tend doubleInput
On entry: the end value T of the time interval.
Constraint: tend>t0.
3:     times[ntimes] const doubleInput
On entry: the points in the time interval t0,T at which the Wiener process is to be constructed. The order in which points are listed in times determines the bridge construction order. The function nag_rand_bb_make_bridge_order (g05xec) can be used to create predefined bridge construction orders from a set of input times.
  • t0<times[i-1]<tend, for i=1,2,,ntimes;
  • times[i-1] times[j-1], for i,j=1,2,ntimes and ij.
4:     ntimes IntegerInput
On entry: the length of times, denoted by N in Section 3.1.
Constraint: ntimes1.
5:     rcomm[12×ntimes+1] doubleCommunication Array
On exit: communication array, used to store information between calls to nag_rand_bb (g05xbc). This array MUST NOT be directly modified.
6:     fail NagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 3.7 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation).

Error Indicators and Warnings

Dynamic memory allocation failed.
See Section in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
On entry, argument value had an illegal value.
On entry, ntimes=value.
Constraint: ntimes1.
An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact NAG for assistance.
See Section 2.7.6 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
Your licence key may have expired or may not have been installed correctly.
See Section 2.7.5 in How to Use the NAG Library and its Documentation for further information.
On entry, tend=value and t0=value.
Constraint: tend>t0.
On entry, times[value]=value, t0=value and tend=value.
Constraint: t0<times[i-1]<tend for all i.
On entry, times[value] and times[value] both equal value.
Constraint: all elements of times must be unique.


Not applicable.

Parallelism and Performance

nag_rand_bb_init (g05xac) is not threaded in any implementation.

Further Comments

The efficient implementation of a Brownian bridge algorithm requires the use of a workspace array called the working stack. Since previously computed points will be used to interpolate new points, they should be kept close to the hardware processing units so that the data can be accessed quickly. Ideally the whole stack should be held in hardware cache. Different bridge construction orders may require different amounts of working stack. Indeed, a naive bridge algorithm may require a stack of size N 4  or even N 2 , which could be very inefficient when N is large. nag_rand_bb_init (g05xac) performs a detailed analysis of the bridge construction order specified by times. Heuristics are used to find an execution strategy which requires a small working stack, while still constructing the bridge in the order required.


This example calls nag_rand_bb_init (g05xac), nag_rand_bb (g05xbc) and nag_rand_bb_make_bridge_order (g05xec) to generate two sample paths of a three-dimensional free Wiener process. Pseudorandom variates are used to construct the sample paths.
See Section 10 in nag_rand_bb (g05xbc) and nag_rand_bb_make_bridge_order (g05xec) for additional examples.

Program Text

Program Text (g05xace.c)

Program Data


Program Results

Program Results (g05xace.r)